We had some strong storms roll through our state on Monday evening this week and a LOT of people have been without electricity. (Including us…for about 44 hours.) Some are still out. That means no TV, no Xbox and soon all the electronics run out of battery. And the kids are home…and they are BORED! Now what??! Here are a few suggestions that might entertain the kids for a while so you don’t pull all your hair out during the first hour of no power. 😉
#1.) Coloring pictures. Yep, drag out the boxes of crayons and coloring books and color some pictures. Maybe you “need” some new pictures to hang on the refrigerator or maybe Grandma and Grandpa need some pictures in the mail. 🙂
#2.) Play some card or board games. The more people that play the more fun it will be.
#3.) Read some books. Let the kids pick out their favorite book and read it together. Or read a story to them that they haven’t quite mastered reading for themselves.
#4.) Do some simple crafts. Maybe not painting, if you don’t have water available for cleanup. 😉
#5.) Draw some crazy monsters. All you need is paper and markers or crayons. Some wiggly eyes can add to the fun.
#6.) Play with Lego!
#7.) Give your pets some extra love and attention. Maybe play tug-of-war with your dog or trail a piece of yarn for your cat to chase.
Or maybe play Qwirkle with your cat! Lol 😉
#8.) Play the “connect the dots” game…only need paper and pencils or pens. Make 100 dots on the paper. Each person draws one line and then it’s the next person’s turn. If you complete the 4th side of a box, that becomes your box and you write your initial in the box. Complete the most boxes and you win.
#9.) Play with Dominoes. You can play the actual game of Dominoes or just have fun building with them and/or knocking them down again.
#11.) Make your own board game. Let the kids design their own board game, even if the rules are a bit wonky and constantly changing. 😉 They will feel 10 feet tall when you play their game with them.
#12.) Matching game. Find several pairs of items and mix them up for your kids to match up the pairs.
So the next time your electricity goes out, don’t despair! You can definitely find things to keep the kids occupied with no electricity needed! If you are currently without power, I feel your pain! Hang in there!